Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $599, steel; $699, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-PW with KBS Tour steel shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The club has a thin sole for versatility, with lots of rear weighting for added forgiveness. Tungsten heel and toe weights create a deep CG and more perimeter weighting. Tour Edge's thinnest iron face increases ball speeds and overall distance.
PLAYABILITY: Handles tough lies and rough; high, straight shots are its basic MO; medium and short irons allow you to alter trajectory fairly well.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The strength of these irons is forgiveness — the head weight seems to really help on mishits; testers find long irons relatively easy to hit straight.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Mid- and short irons give what you want when struck solidly; relatively consistent distances through the set; similar to testers' own clubs for the most part.
FEEL: The clubhead feels heavy during the swing but stable through the ball — the XCG6 is a sledgehammer into impact but produces a soft, compressed feel at contact.
LOOK: Attractive black finish; the clubhead sets up nicely to the ball; its large size and blade length make it look like you won't miss.
Not the best for finesse shots or for shotmaking in general; not the most rewarding sensation at impact; clubhead is too large for many testers.
BOTTOM LINE: Large, forgiving irons that provide solid distance for most testers.
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